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Train Safety vs. up-to-date Bathrooms

September 30th, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind No Comment yet

A few days after Donald Trump mentioned the pitiful state of American airports, a train accident tragically killed people in Hoboken. When Trump spoke, I thought that there are only a small minority of Americans who travel abroad and are aware of the advanced state of airports, trains, and travel in many foreign countries. But everyone knows that too frequent train crashes, bridges collapsing and near-misses at airports are a problem – though no one’s number one concern until tragedy strikes home.  How did we turn into a country that can’t update, let alone innovate in the things that truly matter to citizen’s lives while cutting edge in America is being busy establishing thousands of new gender categories?

Soul Revival

September 28th, 2016 Posted by Susan's Musings 13 comments

While boating in British Columbia, I resemble nothing so much as Carol Burnett’s rendition of a charwoman. If I visited Victoria, Vancouver or dozens of smaller cities via airplane or car, I would dress as I usually do. Arriving by small boat, I tend to personify the essence of casual verging on bohemian. The change in clothing exemplifies the change in pace and preoccupation.

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Debate Prep

September 25th, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind No Comment yet

Actually, I’m not talking about Trump or Clinton prep, but rather my own and that of other citizens. The Wall Street Journal yesterday had a fascinating piece contrasting serious policy debate, where elected officials lays out their beliefs while trying to decide public policy, from our current TV debates, where each individual basically does shameless self-promotion.  I loved reading

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Lots of Change, Maybe a Glimmer of Hope

September 22nd, 2016 Posted by Susan's Musings 21 comments

After what sometimes seemed like an endless campaign season, the final stretch is in view. The debates, terrorism, Trumpian unpredictability and more Clinton scandals might make these last few weeks even more volatile than usual, but Election Day is approaching. It is time to remember Abraham Lincoln’s words, “With malice toward none.”

I assiduously read comments to my Musings. I regularly read comments to a variety of blogs that I follow. Recently, an article in the Wall Street Journal on the non-controversial topic of postal shipping rates stimulated a slew of comments that were both pertinent and helpful. In contrast, I rarely read comments on sites such as Fox or CNN. Unlike the previous examples, those comments often seem to be dominated by hate-filled, bitter individuals, both on the left and the right. If your window to American culture came through that lens, you would be forgiven for thinking us an unintelligent, vulgar society.

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Wells Fargo vs. Hillary

September 21st, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

I watched the video of Elizabeth Warren excoriating John Stumpf of Wells Fargo. I’m not saying that he is blameless or behaved nobly. However, there is supposed to be equal justice under the law. I would care more about her toughness to him if she would show the same toughness to politicians who are neither blameless nor noble – say Hillary Clinton. As an individual I can (and a few years ago did) take my money away from Wells Fargo. As an individual I was not able to remove Clinton as Secretary of State. Who should be held to a higher standard?

Dear Ivanka

September 15th, 2016 Posted by Susan's Musings 6 comments

Please stop trying to help mothers. This may sound like a strange request from a mother of seven, five of whose daughters are raising little ones right now. But, you see, when the government gets involved ‘helping,’ there are always unintended consequences.

Sometimes, ideas that sound good get implemented and turn out to have terrible consequences. By then, it’s almost impossible to revoke the damaging legislation. Invariably, one group is helped at the expense of another group. In almost all cases, people are forced to adjust their lives to fit in with what the government thinks is best for them rather than living as they think best.

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Ahead of the Curve

September 13th, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

Sometimes, failing to clean properly is an asset. I was looking at a notebook (yes, for certain things I still prefer an old-fashioned notebook to a computer) from last year’s boating trip and out fell a New Yorker article from 2014 hailing the entrepreneurial work of scientific genius Elizabeth Holmes. I imagine that some who questioned her methods and claims were accused of being afraid of strong, intelligent women.

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Feminist Foibles

September 8th, 2016 Posted by Susan's Musings 12 comments

I am so tired of the anti-female card being played. While I missed seeing the Clinton and Trump interviews on September 7th, reports I read suggest that interviewer Matt Lauer is the latest victim of a gender attack. My daughter, who did see the interviews reported that Hillary seemed angry at being asked tough questions and inauthentic in her replies, while Donald seemed authentic but bizarre. I accept that as an honest review.

Yet, the press I read focused on Matt Lauer’s lack of fairness and sexism.

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What Fool Am I?

September 1st, 2016 Posted by Susan's Musings 24 comments

The caller to the radio show made a logical, coherent argument. The host had been extolling the virtue of work, and she countered his words by explaining that he was actually a fool. After all, he got up early every morning to prepare for his show, spent time driving in traffic to the radio station, and then spent a few hours delivering entertaining value so that people would want to listen to his show and companies would want to advertise on it. The next day he repeated his actions, earning a measly few weeks of vacation time each year.

In contrast, she said, she got up whenever she wanted to and, unless she felt like it, did nothing more strenuous than moving to her couch, watching TV, and smoking pot. Taxes taken from his salary, she opined, allowed her to take it easy. She challenged him, “Which of them was making a more intelligent choice?”

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Hillary Who? Donald Who?

August 25th, 2016 Posted by Susan's Musings 2 comments

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